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MDC Releases Details On NonToxic Shot Areas Ahead Of Dove Hunting Season

All News RSS Feed Front Page News State News Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Missouri’s Department of Conservation is reminding Dove Hunters to look for non-toxic shot requirements at conservation areas around the state.

The Dove hunting season begins Friday September 1st and will last until late November.

Officials say certain areas across the state are managed specifically for doves, like sunflower fields, and in those areas…..the use or possession of lead shot is not allowed.

That’s in addition to the public areas that require nontoxic shots for all hunting activities with shotguns.

The MDC says the reason nontoxic shot is required is because of the effect lead shotgun pellets can have on birds, as bits of the lead pellets can end up in a bird’s digestive system when they eat small pieces of gravel.

 

A list of the 26 MDC conservation areas that require nontoxic shots can be found below:

◾ Aspinwall Bend
◾ Black Island
◾ Bob Brown
◾ Cash (Ben) Memorial
◾ Church Farm
◾ Columbia Bottom
◾ Cooley Lake
◾ Coon Island
◾ Corning
◾ Deroin Bend
◾ Diana Bend
◾ Donaldson Point
◾ Duck Creek
◾ Eagle Bluffs
◾ Fountain Grove
◾ Four Rivers
◾ Franklin Island
◾ Frisbee Cutoff Access
◾ Frost Island
◾ Girvin (John L. And Georgia)
◾ Grand Pass
◾ Hornersville Swamp
◾ Leach (B.K.) Memorial
◾ Little Bean Marsh
◾ Little River
◾ Lower Hamburg Bend
◾ Marais Temps Clair
◾ Marion Bottoms
◾ Montrose
◾ Nishnabotna
◾ Nodaway Valley
◾ Otter Slough
◾ Perry (Ralph and Martha)
◾ Platte Falls
◾ Plowboy Bend
◾ Rose Pond
◾ Rush Bottoms
◾ Schell-Osage
◾ Settle’s Ford
◾ Seven Island
◾ Swift Ditch Access
◾ Ted Shanks
◾ Ten Mile Pond
◾ Thurnau
◾ Warbler Woods
◾ Wolf Creek Bend

 

Full details from the MDC:

People planning to hunt doves during the upcoming season are reminded there are Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) areas managed specifically for dove hunting that require hunters to use nontoxic shot. Missouri’s dove season starts Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 29. Hunters are urged to check regulations for the conservation area where they plan to hunt before going afield.

Both the Kansas City and northwest regions have conservation areas with fields managed for doves, such as sunflower fields. Some MDC public use areas require nontoxic shot for dove hunting only, where the use or possession of lead shot is prohibitedIn addition, MDC has public use areas that require nontoxic shot for all hunting activities with shotguns. A complete list of the 26 MDC areas that require nontoxic shot for dove hunting and the 46 MDC areas that require nontoxic shot for all types of hunting with shotguns can be found in MDC’s “Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest 2023-2024” booklet. This publication is available at most MDC offices and places that sell hunting permits. The booklet can also be found online at:

https://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/migratory-bird-waterfowl-hunting-digest

The reason nontoxic shot is required at these areas is because of the effect that lead shotgun pellets can have on birds. Since birds lack teeth, they need to consume small pieces of gravel and other hard items – collectively known as “grit.” This grit is stored in a bird’s digestive system and is used to help a bird digest its food. In their search for suitable grit items, spent shotgun pellets can be consumed. The ingestion of these lead pellets can be fatal to birds. The nontoxic shot requirement has been placed at certain MDC areas that are heavily used by shotgun hunters.

When visiting any MDC conservation area for hunting any species, please check regulations and area boundaries before going afield. To find a place to hunt, visit https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z9o.

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Reporter John Rogger